Our Lady of Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel was consecrated on February 1, 2003. Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, envisioned the chapel being the heart of the ministries at Our Lady of Corpus Christi through the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
The Chapel is designed with Spanish Colonial architecture, honoring the history of Texas and reflecting the missionary character of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, (SOLT) the religious community that sponsors Our Lady of Corpus Christi. A landmark of Corpus Christi, the 75 foot blue dome that crowns the Chapel is adorned with gold stars representing Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization.
At the crossing of the Chapel, behind the altar, stands the retablo. This retablo houses the tabernacle, within which the Eucharist is reposed. Directly above the tabernacle is the crucifixion scene, with Mary and John standing at the foot of the cross of Christ. The statues on the left of the crucifixion scene are St. Thérèse of Lisieux (top) and St. Maxmilian Kolbe, and on the right side stand St. Francis Xavier (top) and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American saint. All four were chosen as patrons for their missionary zeal. At the top of the retablo is a large monstrance with the Eucharist exposed for adoration and worship. The proper way to reverence Jesus in the Eucharist when He is exposed is by kneeling on both knees.
The Chapel is adorned with sacred art to lift the mind and soul to God. Near the retablo are four more statues: Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Joseph with the child Jesus, St. John Vianney, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Stations of the Cross hang through the main body of the Chapel. There are 24 stained glass windows throughout the Chapel. These marvelous and colourful pieces of art proclaim Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the missionary activity of Holy Mother Church through the ages, and specifically in the work of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
The lighting of a candle for the intention of a loved one or resolution of a difficulty is an ancient Catholic tradition. It is a beautiful and meaningful way to offer up your petition in prayer, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede for your intentions. The candle room was recently opened to serve the needs of pilgrims and adorers.
At the center of the plaza stands the fountain, upon which St. Joseph stands holding the Child Jesus and a lily of purity. He faces the chapel doors, which are decorated with four scenes from the Gospels and Tradition in bronze relief. On either side of the doors are statues of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Maxmilian Kolbe, and above the door is the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Two smaller statues, above the arches, honor St. Peter and St. Paul, principle pillars of the Church.